Supply Chain Update,
Like most tropical fruits, mango is a very sensitive fruit. Mango is a
native of India and has been grown there for thousands of years. Some
of our farmers have been growing mango for generations. However, it
requires a very inquisitive mind to evaluate how the changing
environment, fertilizers and pesticides affect the fruit. After that
the fruit needs to be plucked, processed and tranported thousands of
miles before it is consumed. We have been working on the supply chain
issues for years and in the process have developed (and are constantly
upgrading) unique logistic processes. In 2013, we hope to ensure that
the percentage of great tasting fruit you receive is very high.
Based on our past experience with the fruit supplied by orchards, we
have filtered out the orchards. We now have access to some of the
best fruit in the world. We have worked with farmers to troubleshoot
problems in the fruit and have a good understanding of which farmers
understand their fruit and care for it. We deal with the farmers and
mango experts to select the best fruit for you. Each mango variety
grows best in a certain soil and climate. And it requires the best of
love, attention and care to bring out the best in it.
Fruit Handling and Processing:
In 2013, we hope to implement some major supply chain processes which
will streamline the fruit handling and still allow the fruit to
remain alive during transit. Once the fruit is received in the US, we
have further developed processes to select the best fruit and ensure
that the fruit you receive has a good chance of ripening properly.
Fruit Processing in the US:
We are working hard to ensure that a lot of the mango processing
which is currently done in India happens in the US. We feel that for
the more sensitive varieties, disturbing the fruit when it is still
raw affects quality negatively. We hope to change this portion of the
supply chain in 2013 and have both the options open to us. This will
also give us the flexibility of bringing in fruit during the months
of July, August and September and potentially March and April too.